Had Quaker, Amanda Pearson, married her fiancé as planned she probably wouldn’t have even heard God’s call into missionary service nor been challenged to reveal the strong, courageous woman she was. This wasn’t your typical wagon train trek to the dangerous frontier. There was no train and no wagon. Was she foolish to set out on this 3000 mile journey with only her father and a guide? The guide was seasoned of course, but Amanda learned that ultimately God was her guide and protector.
This was a bit of a detour from the author’s previous Amish story lines, giving a little insight into the Quaker mindset and speech. Additionally, Amanda’s first convert, Indian Mary gave a glimpse into the culture of the Indians. Their very real feelings and struggles in 1800’s America through Mary and her family gave the story a depth that it lacked in the beginning.
I loved Woman of Courage because its story of danger, courage and romance brought to focus missionaries as real people in their daily lives and ministry.